- File Size: 2029 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Novel Green Publishing; 31 edition (December 21, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019O2CL1U
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tess Awakening is also a 'romance' in the sense of an author who seduces with rich, detailed descriptions of the places Tess travels to and the people she meets. I've been to Istanbul (one of the exotic places mentioned) and this story captures the texture of city, the sights in the districts, the summer heat and amazing food there.
I liked how the author balanced languid stretches of description, immersing me in that time and place, with rollercoaster-paced plot twists. This book was a nice diversion from the overcast, rainy weather outside my window. Five stars for entertainment value.
The balance between descriptive scenes, romance and the emotions of the characters resulted in a novel that was gripping! Andres Mann did a superb job of intertwining the each character in a way that felt very true to life. The background story of the Iraqi War and the complications of fostering relationships with two completely different men was fascinating and intriguing.
Each plot twist contributed to keeping me on the edge of each page, excited to see what would happen next. This romance was out of the norm and is certainly worth your time, definitely recommend!
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, except to say that it is action packed, filled with intrigue and a complex romance. The storyline keeps you guessing until the very end. Tess meets both Jake, a CIA agent and Amir, a General in the Republican Guards early on in the novel and from then on we are taken on a wild adventure in several countries. The author’s vivid descriptions of the desert in Iraq, downtown Naples and the streets of Istanbul transport you to those places, along with the mouth-watering descriptions of the local food on offer.
I hated Amir when I first met him. Despite his intelligence and cultured upbringing, I felt that he had no redeeming qualities. He was a sadistic control freak who threatened to torture and mutilate one of Tess’ men to force her to sleep with him. However, away from Iraq, in the beautiful settings of the south of France and Guildford, England, it was easy to understand how Amir’s charming personality could confuse Tess—especially when seeing how he cared for the little girl, Aara. Jake, in contrast, was a very likeable character from the beginning and despite all the obstacles, I was rooting for them to get their happily ever after.
There were many twists and turns throughout that I didn’t see coming. The book can be read as a standalone novel, however, there is enough of a hook at the end to make you want to read the sequel to find out what happens next. Overall, it was a great story, informative as much as entertaining and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
Caught in the love triangle, Tess finds herself bizarrely involved with the two men. Amir, initially her Captor, becomes infatuated with her, flaunts his wealth sophistication upon her, but in truth is controlling, deceitful, and possessive. Jack is a good ole patriot. He is the loyal, brilliant-minded guy who finds his sense of chivalry evoked by Tess’ courageous personality and beauty.
The action never stops. As I turned the pages, with greater rapidity, I was always thinking I knew where the story was going but each time was delightfully proven wrong. The author takes us from the battlefields of Iraq to the beauty of Naples and the mysticism of Istanbul, and back again. Always the descriptions are so realistic, I am sure the author has been to all these places. Elegantly described where appropriate and brutally described when necessary, each location and each action scene ads to the overall storyline. The genuineness of it made it become real in my mind.
'Tess Awakening' is one of the best war thrillers I’ve read in recent years. It has all the military elements of a Tom Clancy novel and ads a healthy dose of intrigue and romance.